Mainstreet Musicals Award

Mainstreet Award Finalist

The Klemperers' New Clothes

Music by Norman Weiss Book and Lyrics by William Squire

Musical selections

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Synopsis

A musical for theatregoers of all ages, loosely adapted from “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, our musical tells the tale of Jinny Mutz, an adolescent girl determined to teach the folks in Brantley to appreciate the talents of her widowed father. Her problem?? Willard, her father, a tailor who sews simple, durable clothes, is a bit too honest for his own good (or to make many sales). So, she enlists the aid of her uncle Millard, a wily traveling salesman. Together, they conspire to bring Willard’s frocks to the attention of the town’s arbiter of fashion (and everything else cultural!), Edna Klemperer, the snooty wife of the owner of the local mercantile emporium. Unfortunately, Edna sneers at Willard’s sturdy, unexciting, homespun creations, prompting Millard to turn his scheme into a scam. With Jinny’s help, Millard cons Edna into believing that Willard can make her a new fangled frock: one that is invisible to fools. Edna takes the bait and demands that such a gown be delivered in time for her to wear to the Founder’s Day Promenade—a very public parade through the town. Ultimately, a humbled Edna is finally able to appreciate both Willard and his clothes for what they truly are: straightforward, honest and dependable.

Script

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The following artists are featured in the demo recordings.

Beth Blankenship
Judy Blazer
Rebecca Flanders
David Garrison
D. Michael Heath
James Hindman
Christa Justus
Caroline Kaiser
Kimberly Larkin
Mark Mozingo
Kristie Dale Sanders
Keith Varney

Musicians:
Ray Kilday
Elizabeth Nielsen
Susan Perelman
Jake Schwartz
Norman Weiss